Pancha Bhuta

Tribhangi Dance Theatre’s greatest strengths has been its ability to work with different genres and to walk around tradition to present work that is challenging in its experimentation and unique in its presentation.  The company under the guidance of Jayesperi Moopen has created work that remains significant in an everchanging environment.

The new work outer limits  shares the platform with Washington (US) based Dakshina Dance Company drawing on the similarities of classical Indian dance whilst combining a contemporary energy to include dance genres that enrich our experiences and perceptions of life.


Pancha Bhutha (5 Elements)

Choreography/Director: Jayesperi Moopen

Costumes:  Jayesperi Moopen

Lighting Design: Wilhelm Disbergen

Digital Artist: Warren Liss

Rehearsal Director: Priyadarshni Naidoo

Production Assistant:  Subashni Naicker

Dancers: Vincent Zwane, Priyadarshni Naidoo, Bongani Nkala, Robin-Lee Delport, Dimakatso Ledwaba, Preshal Pillay, Tebogo Mogotsi, Shavani Pillay, Timeletso Khalane, Mduduzi Buthelezi

“Whilst we continue to remain impactful and relevant through our art we draw on the elements like Mother Earth, Water, Wind, Space and Fire to inspire movement that only these forces of nature can provide in its beauty and sometimes destruction!”



Choreographer: Daniel Phoenix Singh
Costume Design: Judy Hansen
Rehearsal Directors: Karen Bernstein and Helen Marie Carruthers
Lighting Design: Todd Mion and Lisa Mion
Stage Manager: Lisa Mion
Dancers: Heinz Adjakwah, Miguel Alcantara, Jamal Black, Valerie Branch, Helen Marie Carruthers, Nicole Daniell, Julie DeGregorio, and Rachel Prem

“Vasanth is the retelling of how Spring returns to earth after years of desolation. In this work Singh combines his love of Modern Dance and Bharata Natyam to create movement that is built on group dynamics and use of space while layering in the fine filigreed detail of hand gestures, rhythmic variations, and facial mime that Indian dance is known for. Dynamic animations by Adrian Galvin, lush music and short poetic voice overs help an audience feel right at home with this myth that draws on ancient Sanskrit texts and brings it to life with vivid detail.”